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Title: R&D manpower and technological performance: The impact of demographic and task-related diversity
Authors: Faems, D.
Subramanian, A.M. 
Keywords: Diversity
R&D manpower
Technological performance
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Citation: Faems, D., Subramanian, A.M. (2013-11). R&D manpower and technological performance: The impact of demographic and task-related diversity. Research Policy 42 (9) : 1624-1633. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We assess the impact of R&D manpower diversity on firms' technological performance. Relying on insights from two theoretical perspectives on team diversity (i.e. social categorization perspective and information decision-making perspective), we hypothesize that both demographic and task-related sources of diversity within firms' R&D workforce influence technological performance. In addition, we expect that these two dimensions of diversity interact with each other. To test our hypotheses, we rely on survey data from 938 Singaporean firms, providing in-depth information on three sources of demographic diversity (i.e. gender, age, and nationality of R&D employees) and two sources of task-related diversity (i.e. educational and knowledge area background of R&D employees). Our findings point to significant interactions between different sources of R&D manpower diversity. In particular, we identify substitutive relationships between (a) educational and gender diversity, and (b) nationality and knowledge area diversity. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Research Policy
ISSN: 00487333
DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.06.001
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